3-24 Sheriff's column — Get tough on Litter

Posted 3/22/19

Tim to Get Tough on Litter

In recent weeks and months we have begun to get more complaints about littering across our county. Just last week we received a report where a driver threw their entire fast food garbage out the window onto a main road while stopped at a traffic light. Luckily the caller was able to provide us with the tag number, and we were able to issue a citation.

The increase in littering is very disappointing. As a citizen of Bradley County I take pride in the place that I live. It is disturbing to see so many people who obviously do not feel the same way.

Through the state Litter Grant we are able to make headway on this issue, but it is still a challenge. Each week our litter crew is our working hard to clear many of the roadways in the county of trash and debris. Hundreds and thousands of pounds of litter, each and every week. Even with the hard work of the litter crew we are unable to be everywhere at once. It seems as soon as we clean one area of the county, another one is trashed in it’s place. It is a sad state of affairs.

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3-24 Sheriff's column — Get tough on Litter

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In recent weeks and months we have begun to get more complaints about littering across our county. Just last week we received a report about a driver who threw all of their fast-food garbage out the window onto a main road while stopped at a traffic light. Luckily, the caller was able to provide us with the tag number, and we were able to issue a citation.
The increase in littering is very disappointing. As someone who lives and works in Bradley County, I take pride in this place. It is disturbing to see so many people who obviously do not feel the same way.
Through the state Litter Grant we are able to make headway on this issue, but it is still a challenge. Each week our litter crew is our working hard to clear many of the roadways in the county of trash and debris. Hundreds and thousands of pounds of litter, each and every week. Even with the hard work of the litter crew we are unable to be everywhere at once. It seems as soon as we clean one area of the county, another one is trashed in it’s place. It is a sad state of affairs.

We will be getting tough on littering. Our job is to enforce the law. When it comes to littering, if we catch you, we will enforce the law as it applies. I am grateful for the watchful eyes of the public. We cannot be everywhere at once, but in the case of last week’s incident, a watchful member of the public led us to information we used to hold someone accountable.

I would encourage you to do the same. If you witness someone making a mess of our county, please call and report it. Include as much detail as you can, as this will help our investigation. Call 423-728-7300 to report any issues.
I want the word to go out, that this will not be tolerated in Bradley County. We live and/or work in what I believe is one of the most beautiful places in the country. I want to see it stay that way. Together we can work to curb this problem in our community. My staff and are committed to taking a tougher approach on littering, and we welcome the public’s help in doing so.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep Bradley County clean and beautiful!

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